Flushing Town Hall to Host Eighth Annual Diwali Festival – QNS.com

Flushing City Hall welcomes audiences of all ages and cultures to celebrate its eighth annual diwali festival Sunday, November 5. The event will include rangoli art contest and exhibition, dance party, special shows and delicious Indian food.

Anyone can purchase tickets in person to attend the festival for either the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. show or the 2 p.m.-4 p.m. show at Flushing City Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Blvd . The festival will also be streamed live on YouTube to serve global audiences.

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a day of solidarity, where the soft light of diyas – or oil-wick candles – illuminates streets and homes, banishing the darkness of ignorance and suffering. It began as part of an ancient harvest festival, which celebrated the fertility of the land and the prosperity of the new harvest.

Although Diwali has taken on significant significance in Hinduism, in India it is celebrated by all groups, regardless of religious affiliation, as a time of renewal and growth.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Diwali with our audience, to welcome new artists and to display the excellent Rangoli submissions we received in our competition this year,” said Gabrielle Hamilton, Director of Education and Public Programs. at Flushing City Hall. “We will select artwork from five categories (kids, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists) and display their winning designs along our outdoor fence along Northern Boulevard.”

The festival will include traditional rangoli design with artist Anju Gupta, Indian dishes with Queens Curry Kitchen, Ayurvedic treatments with Shweta Parmar and live performances.

Flushing City Hall will showcase the works of the winners of its Rangoli design competition. Rangoli is an age-old art form from India. Derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of colors”, rangoli is a festive Hindu art form usually drawn in homes or courtyards with the hope of inviting the blessings of the gods.

Abha Roy, master teacher and artistic director of the Srijan Dance Company, will share the stage with IMGE: Ishita Mili Global Exposé for a performance grounded in classical, hip-hop and contemporary Indian dance. Attendees can also enjoy a dance party with instruction in traditional moves from Roy, a classical Kathak dancer, and Ishita Mili, a Bharatanatyam dancer.

Roy has run the Flushing Town Hall Diwali Festival since its inception. A master of Kathak dance, she studied under the late great Kundan Guru Lal Gangani and attained professional precision under the training of Pt. Durgalal when she completed her specialization in Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. She has represented the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and has taught and performed in South America, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. She has also performed throughout Europe and in venues such as Lincoln Center and the Queens Museum, among others.

Roy lost her beloved husband and creative partner, Sandeep Roychowdhury, at COVID in June 2021when he contracted the disease while traveling in India to help care for his family, and she dedicated last year’s festival to his memory and their love.

The Ishita Mili Global Exposé, founded by Mili, is a dance company using classical Indian movements (such as the mudras hand gestures), as well as hip-hop and contemporary dance vocabularies to tell new and powerful global stories. IMGE transcends regional and cultural boundaries by creating an inclusive dance language that can speak to everyone.

“We are so fortunate to work with the talented Abha Roy, who has helped our community heal and find joy, even as she has gone through her own painful loss,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. . “We are a resilient community, and I look forward to the delicious smells, lively dances and vibrant colors that will soon fill our hall for Diwali.”

The Rangoli contest is accepting submissions until October 21. A panel of judges will select one winner from each group, who in addition to having their work displayed, will receive free one-year Flushing Town Hall memberships and pairs of tickets to all upcoming programs. of their choice. For submission instructions, visit: flushingtownhall.org/rangoli-competition

In-person tickets are $15 and $10 for Flushing City Hall members and children. Tickets must be purchased in advance; they will not be available at the door. Virtual tickets are $7 and $5 for members. Visit flushingtownhall.org/diwali-festival for more details and to purchase tickets.

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